Jefferson, Nets Capture 14th Straight Victory
New Jersey 113, Charlotte 102
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., April 6 (Ticker) -- Richard Jefferson and the New Jersey Nets matched a franchise high and accomplished something no other team in the NBA has done this season.
Jefferson scored 26 of his season-high 40 points in the second half and Jason Kidd registered his 74th career triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Nets pushed their winning streak to 14 straight with a 113-102 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
A 6-7 high-flying forward, Jefferson has been at his best against Charlotte as he's averaged better than 27 points in four career meetings. Jefferson shot 13-of-19 from the floor, including 3-of-6 on 3-pointers on Thursday.
"(Scoring 40 points) is nice to remind yourself that you can do it," Jefferson said. "Just to hit some shots in a row and have some plays run for me. This is Jason and Vince (Carter's) team, but it's nice to step up when it's needed."
The Nets built a 75-68 advantage as Jefferson, who grabbed 11 rebounds, found Kidd wide open for a 3-pointer from the right corner at the 2:56 mark of the third quarter.
"When you get older, you begin to appreciate (triple-doubles) more," said Kidd, who recorded his ninth of the season. "When you can get a triple-double, that opportunity doesn't come every night. I probably stayed in longer than I should've, but I wanted to stay on the floor and try for it."
New Jersey, which moved within 2 1/2 games of Miami for second place in the Eastern Conference, got six points from Jefferson during a 10-2 run that closed out the third period.
"It's always fun to watch a guy roll and have a big night," said Carter, who scored 20 points to set the team record with 19 straight games of reaching the plateau. "(Jefferson) was on fire. He was rolling and we let him know it and it made him feel good."
The Bobcats never challenged in the final quarter.
Clifford Robinson scored 14 off the bench and Nenad Krstic added 12 for New Jersey, which shot 53 percent (42-of-79) overall and completed the season sweep of Charlotte.
Rookie Raymond Felton scored 20 points, Primoz Brezec had 16 and Brevin Knight added 13 and four steals for the Bobcats, who shot 40 percent (34-of-85).
"They contested our shots, that's what they do," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaffsaid. "Some of their shots we contested and they made them. Those guys made some tough shots."
The Bobcats were shorthanded as starting forwards Gerald Wallace and Jumaine Jones played limited minutes due to nagging injuries.
"Gerald's a little banged up, and (Jones) too," Bickerstaff said. "They shouldn't be playing. They wanted to be out there, but can't right now."